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Historical sketches and personal recollections of Manchester : intended to illustrate the progress of public opinion from 1792 to 1832

Author: Archibald Prentice
Publisher: London : Cass, 1970.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 3rd ed.View all editions and formats
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Genre/Form: History
Personal narratives
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Archibald Prentice
ISBN: 0714613533 9780714613536
OCLC Number: 152149779
Notes: Facsim. reprint of the 2nd ed., London, Gilpin, 1851.
Description: xvii, xi, 432 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Party spirit in Manchester in 1792, church and king clubs, constitutional society, loyalty of the publicans, printing office attacked, Thomas Walker's trial, desertions from reform, the war spirit, persecution from reformers; the war fever, famine and tumult, the short peace, war fever again, Manchester volunteers, Colonel Hanson's trial in 1808, Joseph Nadin, prosecutions; dissenting ministers bill, orders in council, general distress, Luddism in 1811, high price of food; Manchester exchange riot in 1812, fatal conflict at Middleton, the spy system, Sidmouth's "wholesome" severities, cost of the war, the time of reckoning; Manchester in the first year of peace, enactment of the corn law, faint opposition in Manchester, fallacy about wages, the principal reformers in 1815, 38 weavers apprehended - their trial and acquittal; the second year of peace, agricultural riots, and more severities, William Cobbett, Samuel Bamford and the radicals, the blanket meeting, the Ardwick plot, Waddington the spy, cowardice of ministers; the spies effectually at work, Oliver the spy, Derbyshire insurrections, Cowdroy's newspaper, social persecution, proposal to emigrate, hope of better times, power-looms, Malthusian doctrines; memorable petition of the "27" (1817), Elijah Dixon's and other petitions, debate on Mr George Philip's motion, Sidmouth's hopes; Mr John Edward Taylor's trial for libel - his defence and acquittal; the radical agitation in 1819, Hunt's visit, Hunt at the theatre, good old English drink, the drillings on white moss, the magistrates alarmed, declaration of the alarmists; meeting on 16th August 1819, its violent dispersion, protest against the dispersion, the killed and wounded, relief of the sufferers; subscriptions for the sufferers, the duke of Hamilton, the Oldham inquest, the six acts, Hunt's committal, trial at York, - judge-made law and the sentences; re-action, Sir F. Burdett's letter and his trial, trial of Harrison and others, the press, establishment of the "Guardian" in 1821, its prospectus and its caution, market-street commissioners; a period of calm, Malthusian doctrines, drunkenness, Lancashire banking, proposed issue of paper money, trial of Mr Waller for preaching; a short period of plenty and cheapness in 1822, meeting on the poor-laws, the Bridge-street gang, trial of Ridgeway, John Dicas v. J.E. Taylor, royal institution; the author's purchase of "Cowdroy's Gazette" in 1824, what might be done, the mechanics' institution established, wild speculations, meeting on the Corn-law, the Catholic association, Manchester Protestants, Jonathan Hodgins, establishment of the "Courier", the Pitt club; a period of great distress, bank failures, meeting on the Corn-law, destruction of power-looms, meeting in St. George's fields, and critical position of the author, factory burnt; symptoms of onward movement, meeting on the state of the country (1826), Mr Mark Philips's first public appearance, partial admission of foreign corn, formati
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